Replacement waste and recycling bin charges to be reviewed

Charges start April 30 Photo flickr Will Thomson

Thanet council plans to open a review into its policy of charging for replacement refuse and recycling bins.

The proposal is part of the authority’s latest  financial plan. The plan, which was approved by Cabinet members last night (January 14) to go forward to a scrutiny panel and then Full Council next month, lays out ideas for improving services and generating income.

Among the proposals is the bin replacement review.

Charges for replacement recycling bins and bags came into force in April 2018 after Thanet council said it could no longer afford to provide them for free.

A statement at the time said: “Due to significant cuts from Central Government the council has to make significant savings and therefore can no longer afford to provide this service for free.”

Charges for waste containers (black bins) were brought in during 2017.

But this will now be reviewed with “an examination of fairer ways of charging for refuse and recycling bin replacements.”

Council leader Rick Everitt said: “This will start with a review of the circumstances under which we currently charge for the replacement of refuse / recycling bins.”

Current prices for replacements

Black 180ltr refuse container


Black seagull proof bag


Brown food caddy


Silver kitchen caddy


Red paper and card bag


Red 240Ltr Paper and Card container


Blue Mixed Recycling container (box)


Blue 240Ltr Mixed Recycling container


Large bins for communal properties

Brown 180 Ltr food caddy


360 Ltr red/blue container


940 Ltr Chamberlain metal container


1100 Ltr metal container